You brush your teeth every day. But did you know that, after brushing, all the oral microbes get transferred to your toothbrush?
According to studies, toothbrushes are high contamination grounds that retain and foster the growth of microbes.
In this article, our team of dental experts at Lakeview Dental Clinic in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, shares some simple toothbrush care tips to help you maintain good oral hygiene.
Your toothbrush is an essential hygiene tool that helps clean your teeth, tongue, and gums. It helps prevent excess plaque buildup, bad breath, decay, and gum disease.
Here is how you can take care of your toothbrush:
Sanitize your toothbrush between uses to remove food debris and bacteria. This also helps get rid of pathogens that may have accumulated on your brush when not in use.
Before applying toothpaste, run hot water over your toothbrush. Once you are done cleaning your teeth, repeat this process. You should also wipe the handle to clean off any salivary remains.
For additional deep cleaning, you can soak your toothbrush in an antimicrobial mouthwash. Take a small cup of mouthwash and soak your brush head-first for at least 2 minutes.
Sharing your toothbrush with others exposes you to their oral pathogens. This increases your risk of infections and oral diseases. In case someone has used your toothbrush, it’s best to throw it away.
After every cleaning session, let your toothbrush stand upright without a cap. This helps it air dry. Keeping its cap on allows bacteria to thrive on the remaining moisture. If you are using a common toothbrush holder, make sure that all the brushes are placed apart.
Always store your brush away from the toilet. This saves it from being contaminated with harmful bacteria.
Minimize the pressure you apply when brushing your teeth to avoid enamel erosion. This will also help prevent the bristles from wearing out and scratching or inflaming your gums.
Studies say that your toothbrush must be replaced every three to four months. This is essential for reducing the risk of plaque accumulation and gingivitis.
For more information on taking care of your toothbrush, contact Lakeview Dental Clinic at (208) 664-0884 or visit us at 801 Milwaukee Dr., Coeur D'Alene, ID 83814.